payback is a bitch…

karmically speaking, that is!

O.J. Simpson speaks during his sentencing hearing at the Clark County Regional

image copyright ap

 

i had just moved to l.a. in 1993, when the newspapers were full of the murder of nicole brown and ron goldman. it was obvious to me and it seemed just about the whole world, exactly who was responsible, but we all know, if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit! 

right! 

the poems and the song lyrics below were my response at the time.

The Grim Reaper
6.12.94

The reaper’s been harvesting
far too liberally around here – 
it’s grim.
    Love your loved ones well –
tell them you do, 
because when the old have to go,
we know their time has come,
but when a terrified woman 
dies in our keep,
it leaves far too many people weeping.       

And what about the young?
In the midst of life 
someone’s son, senselessly, is dying.
He should be having fun –
one with the sun still at noon,
his sudden eclipse –
it’s too soon.
And what of the ones left behind,
empty and staring?
Wasn’t it glaringly obvious?

Oh gentle seeker, 
why did your quest for wholeness
lead to a slit through which to slip your soul?
Did your crystal ball reveal the inexorable?
Did you steal a glance at the one
who led that devastating dance to the exit sign
and then fled?
You knew how that terrible tango would end,
you screamed for help,
yet no one came to your defense.

Celebrity cut short your stay
in this sycophantic land of the football hero.
A tyrannical touch-down 
revoked your visa 
and as your lives leaked down to zero,
the crowds cheered and cheered.

Here in this land of the slave and the fee,
where the guilty buy innocence,
I see that freedom is battered 
while the light sputters vainly on that statue
called Liberty.

To the ones who care,
incredulous questions remain:
the raging refrain of,
“Why? Why? Why?”

I hope you’ve grown wings.
I hope your soul is flying.
Here it’s all over,
bar the crying…

 

 

 


      

           

oj.-love- (it’s all because i love you )

push here
shove there
happy birthday darling         pinch here
punch there
happy anniversary  can’t you see it’s all your fault
that i’m in so much pain
maybe that’s why my
fingerprints are all over you again

it’s all because i love you baby
now see what you made me do
it’s all because i love you baby
my way to get through to you

push here
shove there
happy birthday darling

pinch here
punch there
happy anniversary

don’t flinch when i raise my hand to you
don’t be so remote
i’ll make you smile from ear to ear
not with your mouth but your throat

but it’s all because i love you baby
now see what you made me do
it’s all because i love you baby
my way to get through to you

you come here now you do as i say
you’re just like you’re fucking mother
you sitdownshutupdo as i say
oh darling let’s make love

push here 
shove there
happy birthday darling

pinch here
punch there
happy anniversary
oh happy anniversary 
so why aren’t you happy…..

 

but as they say,”what goes around, comes around.” and payback, she’s a bitch!

 

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